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Old 11-07-2014, 11:21 AM   #21
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Lots of good stuff here thanks. Some of this I have/know about already and have covered. I can make a detailed list starting in Jan--> July for what I need to have done.

I think it's easy to remember the big things...Healthcare, 401K etc and easy to forget the littler things (going through work emails for useful/personal things) until afterward and then it's too late

One thing that will be taken care of by work is the amount of stuff here...we are moving offices in Jan and the rule is they will only move 2 boxes/person. So I'm already being forced to decide what to keep and what to toss. Since I know about my longer term plan I'm tossing a lot more than I might otherwise
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:37 AM   #22
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I have to support those that advise getting health and dental exams before you leave for both you and covered family members. We had a crown, a root canal, and 11 cavities in our family in the first 12 months of retirement. The crown and root canal could have been discovered/fixed prior to ER and would have saved us several thousand dollars had we sought the timely dental care while still employed.
I also went to my dentist and eye doc 9-12 months in advance of retirement. You need to allow time to get the work done and some things take time and multiple appointments to get done.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:48 AM   #23
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I did the cleaning office part yesterday and let me tell you...I accumulated a bunch of crap over the last two years I was in that office! Once I had everything paired down, I had the stuff that 'mattered' to 3 copy paper boxes. I imagine in the next month or so, I'll have that down to one box.
I had my desk cleaned-out a year before I left, hehe! That's planning ahead! I worked from home, mostly, so my cube became the visitor cube. But when I walked out, it was with one file folder, and that had the HR crap in it.
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I had my desk cleaned-out a year before I left, hehe! That's planning ahead! I worked from home, mostly, so my cube became the visitor cube. But when I walked out, it was with one file folder, and that had the HR crap in it.
I took my personal things home gradually over several months. By my last day, my office was completely de-personalized. I had emptied all the drawers and cabinets and everything was out on the countertops and desktop.

I had it all organized to make "raiding" my stuff easier for my co-workers - - office supplies over here, work-owned references and government publications over there, and so on, with handmade paper signs saying something like "help yourself, government use only".

When I walked out all I had was my HR checklist to turn in, and my purse. It was a weird feeling to surrender my badge, which had been part of me for so many years, knowing that I couldn't come back even if I wanted to. My eyes were brimming over but I got it together as soon as I got in my car.
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Old 11-08-2014, 01:39 PM   #25
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........ It was a weird feeling to surrender my badge, which had been part of me for so many years, knowing that I couldn't come back even if I wanted to.......
Sadly I lost my badge just before I retired, but they gave me a new one right away. Even more fortunately, I found the old badge the day after I left. Still gets me discounts and probably entry into the building if I stood there and look disgusted that it wouldn't work in the card reader.
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I had it all organized to make "raiding" my stuff easier for my co-workers.
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Shoot, they started raiding before I even was gone. I came in one week and my hands-free phone thing was gone. A few weeks later, my keyboard was gone (had my laptop at home). By the time I really left the company, all that was left was a mug with pens (and ink stains in the bottom).
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